English Trifle

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.

English Trifle Recipe

Notes:

• My aunt gave me an English Trifle recipe 30 years ago. I liked the idea but felt it could be changed a bit. I added a lot of whipped cream, changed the liquor to rum, yellow to white cake, etc. and this is the recipe I came up with. I have posted her recipe below mine for anyone who would like to try her version of this recipe (which is very good).

English Trifle recipe card


English Trifle recipe card


• We had this for dessert every Thanksgiving at her house growing up. It is simply delicious.

• Maraschino cherries for garnish are NOT necessary (but they do make for a pretty picture!)

• Try edible glitter as a garnish for the holidays!

• You can substitute yellow cake mix for the white. I’ve tried this with chocolate cake mix and it turns out well, but if you do use a chocolate cake mix, switch to vanilla pudding.

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


English Trifle Ingredients:

• 1 White Cake Mix
• 3 Eggs
• 1 cup Water
• 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
• 2 small boxes Instant Chocolate Pudding
• 3½ cups Milk
• 3 pints Heavy Whipping Cream
• ½ cup Confectioners Sugar
• 1 tsp Vanilla
• 1 jar (14-16oz) Seedless Raspberry Jam
• ½ cup White Rum
• ¼ cup Slivered Almonds (for garnish)

English Trifle Mise en Place:

• Baking Pan
• Spatula
Stand Mixer (bowl, beater, etc)
Measuring Spoons
Measuring Cup
• Knife
• Cutting Board
Trifle Bowl

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


English Trifle Directions:

• Bake white cake according to package instructions (3 eggs, oil, water), allow to cool

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


• Cut cake into bite sized squares, cutting off ends (but don’t discard the ends).

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


• Prepare chocolate instant pudding according to pie instructions (3 1/2 cups milk), set aside.

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


• In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream with the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla until semi-stiff, set aside.

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


• Place white squares of cake against the sides of a trifle (or glass) bowl.

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


• Fill in the center with cut off ends of cake.

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


• Layer half the chocolate pudding on top of cake, spreading to sides so it drips down and fills the gap in between the cake pieces.

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


• Layer jam on top of pudding.
• Pour all the rum on top of the jam, allowing it to soak to the bottom of the bowl through the cake.

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


• Layer half the whipped cream on top of the jam/pudding/rum/cake.
• Add more cake squares against the sides of the trifle (or glass) bowl on top of the jam; fill the center with cut off cake ends and any leftover cake.

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


• Spread remaining chocolate pudding on top of cake, making sure it reaches to the sides.
• Top with remaining whipped cream.

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


• Garnish with slivered almonds.
• Refrigerate overnight.


English Trifle

This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.

Prep Time:45 minutes
Cook time:35 minutes
Total Time: 13 Hours 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 White Cake Mix
3 Eggs
1 cup Water
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
2 small boxes Instant Chocolate Pudding
3½ cups Milk
3 pints Heavy Whipping Cream
½ cup Confectioners Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
16 oz Seedless Raspberry Jam
½ cup White Rum
¼ cup Slivered Almonds (for garnish)

Directions:

• Bake white cake according to package instructions (3 eggs, oil, water), allow to cool
• Cut cake into bite sized squares, cutting off ends (but don’t discard the ends).
• Prepare chocolate instant pudding according to pie instructions (3 1/2 cups milk), set aside.
• In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream with the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla until semi-stiff, set aside.
• Place white squares of cake against the sides of a trifle (or glass) bowl.
• Fill in center with cut off ends of cake.
• Layer half the chocolate pudding on top of cake, spreading to sides so it drips down and fills the gap in between the cake pieces.
• Layer jam on top of pudding.
• Pour all the rum on top of the jam, allowing it to soak to the bottom of the bowl through the cake.
• Layer half the whipped cream on top of the jam/pudding/rum/cake.
• Add more cake squares against the sides of the trifle (or glass) bowl on top of the jam; fill the center with cut off cake ends and any leftover cake.
• Spread remaining chocolate pudding on top of cake, making sure it reaches to the sides.
• Top with remaining whipped cream.
• Garnish with slivered almonds (I added edible glitter this year too).
• Refrigerate overnight.

Makes 12 servings of English Trifle

English Trifle Recipe. This classic trifle recipe is simply delicious! Making a traditional trifle recipe is easier than you think. The step-by-step instructions of this English Trifle Recipe come to easily resulting in a fabulous special occasion dessert.


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Comments

  1. This English trifle looks and sounds great.

  2. Now that looks delicious I want some heheh!

    Have a trifletastic week 😉

  3. Hi, I don’t use rum. Do you know of any non alcoholic beverage I could use in stead of rum?

    • You’d need something sweet and wet to soak the cake, Safiyyah. So think of something to soak the cake and add flavor.

      Simple sugar wouldn’t have much flavor, and would be quite sweet, but maybe something like that with rum extract? Or possibly vanilla extract added to the simple sugar? Milk with rum extract? These are just ideas though – I’ve never made a trifle without liquor (rum, brandy, whiskey).

      Ann

  4. NYCSingleMom says:

    I have never tried trifle. This just looks yummy!

  5. That looks so beyond delicious!

  6. Looks delicious! I first had Trifle about 30 years ago when my Aunt made for our Thanksgiving weekend get-together. Oh, my! it’s been a favorite of mine ever since.

  7. I always make this at Christmas, but sprinkle Amaretto directly over each layer of cake, then layer raspberry jam, vanilla pudding, Cool Whip and occasionally sliced bananas; repeat layers. Simply delicious

  8. This trifle looks delicious. Trifles always look so pretty. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday. Hope to see you at the party next week.

  9. This looks amazing! That’s wonderful to have a family recipe. Thanks for sharing at HomeMattersParty

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